Remember Zacharias? He who would sire a son in his old age with his past child-bearing-years wife. He who, with his wife, Elizabeth, had prayed for a son (Luke 1:13) but had given up on ever hearing an answer. But the year came when the aged and sonless priest from the division of Abijah, in … More When Old Men’s Dreams Come True
Part 3 Third in a series of posts on multi-ethnic ministry and its contribution to ending racism. Each day this week. I am excerpting portions of an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY (Moody Press, 2009). Dr. Fuder had been approached by Moody … More Ending Racism: Rethinking the Suburban Church
If you have been reading with the rest of the church since May, you have now read Matthew, Mark, Luke, James, 1 and 2 Peter and 107 psalms. Congratulations. And I hope it has been a big step forward for many of you as you have learned to carve out the time to read the … More “Reading is Just the Beginning”
Friday is for Discipleship Random thoughts on Psalm 119 Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Does this word not imply that my eyes are closed and blind to the beauty and wonder of His word? What can closed eyes see? NOTHING! They can distinguish nothing, not even … More When You KNOW You Don’t Measure Up
Reading with the Pastor James 3 and Psalm 56-57 As a teacher, it is hard for me to get past verse 1 of chapter 3 in the letter of James. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” There is a weight that any teacher … More How is it Possible to Write Without Pain?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 9 and Psalm 45 Today’s reading comes back to a continuing theme in Jesus’ discipleship of the twelve (and of us). This wasn’t the only time that the disciples were caught arguing over which of them had more honor and prestige in the eyes of Jesus. Even on the night before he … More Striving for Power and Prestige
Now this is going to blow your mind, so you better sit down! The first year of the Aztec Empire is considered to be 1428 and it ruled the Valley of Mexico until 1521. Well, Oxford University was actually founded in 1096! That means it’s hundreds of years older than the Aztecs? It’s hard to … More Fun Fact for the Weekend